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Apple

From Searches to Apps to Siri

When the App Store was launched on the iPhone, for the first time people could do things and and access many of their favourite services through native apps. These apps used navigation controls, fluid animations, and custom interfaces that were tailored for mobile use. This was different than the desktop where most tasks on the […]

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Apple

It Works Just Like Your Phone

iCloud is a big step in making the Mac work more like how people expect. Whenever people have bought a computer in the past, I doubt they’ve ever paid any attention to how they’ve opened and saved documents, and until a few months ago, nobody ever had to think about how data on one computer […]

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General

Uncovering the Compromises of Metro Style Apps

The Windows 8 design case study is not just an interesting look at how the Windows team approaches designing an app, it also gives you a sense of how users are going to use a typical Metro style app on Windows 8. Unfortunately, as I read through the case study more and more cracks started […]

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Mobile

Putting Metro on iOS

I was really happy about using the Photosynth app for the first time to make an excellent panorama. The app has the fastest and smoothest panorama creation out of any app I’ve tried. It does a great job of just letting me adjust my camera, while it captures what it needs to automatically and gives […]

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Apple

The Desktop Is Done, Think Like iOS

It’s time to think of the desktop operating system as outdated. And if we’re going to continue using iPads and iPhones, then the way we think about and use OS X needs to change as well. The idea of bringing features from iOS to the Mac isn’t new, but with the release of Mountain Lion […]